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1 Discovery Canyon Campus MYP Academic Honesty Policy Contents based on Diploma Programme: Academic Honesty, published by the International Baccalaureate Organization, 2011, United Kingdom Reviewed March 2016 Next Revision March 2018

2 Discovery Canyon Campus Mission Statement The Mission of Discovery Canyon Campus, a pre-k-12 learning community, is to education and inspire all students to achieve social, emotional, physical and academic success as conscientious global citizens through a comprehensive, inquiry based curriculum using principles and tools of science and mathematics taught in a safe and respectful unified campus environment. The International Baccalaureate s Mission Statement The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The IB Learner Profile 1 Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. Knowledgeable: develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Open-Minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. Risk-Takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our livesintellectual, physical, and emotionalto achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. 1 International Baccalaureate Organization 2013 ACADEMIC HONESTY 2

3 PHILOSOPHY Discovery Canyon Campus; guided by the philosophy of the IB, places great value on the ethical qualities of personal integrity and academic honesty. Academic honesty is expected of all members of the school community; students, faculty, administration and parents. We are guided in our expectations and practices by three of the Learner Profile attributes: PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. INQUIRER: Acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research. It is the policy of Discovery Canyon Campus that: All students understand the basic meaning and significance of academic honesty All work produced by students is their own, authentic work All such authentic work has the ideas, words or work of others fully acknowledged Students understand and obey the rules relating to proper conduct of examinations Students understand the difference between collaboration and collusion, and that it is unacceptable to present work arrived at through a process of collusion The policy refers to all assignments set and completed in school or at home, ranging from daily homework to formal assessments The aim of this policy is to: Promote good academic practice and a school culture that actively encourages academic honesty and integrity Enable students to understand what constitutes academic honesty and dishonesty Encourage students to look to their teachers and Library Media Specialist for support when completing school work in order to prevent any possible form of academic dishonesty Ensure that students understand the importance of acknowledging accurately and honestly all ideas, words and work of others Explain to students that they have an important role in ensuring that their work is academically honest Impart to students that plagiarism is a serious academic offence for which DCC shows no tolerance Explain to students precisely what penalties will be imposed should they be found guilty of academic misconduct What is Academic Honesty? Academic honesty refers to: Proper conduct in a class or exam setting The full acknowledgement of the original authorship and ownership of creative material The production of authentic pieces of work The protection of all forms of intellectual property which include forms of intellectual and creative expression, as well as patents, registered designs, trademarks, moral rights and copyright So what is Academic Misconduct? Academic misconduct is a behavior(s) that result in, or may result in a student gaining an unfair advantage in a course or exam. Academic Misconduct includes: Plagiarism: The representation, intentionally or unwillingly, of the ideas, words or work of another person without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgement 3

4 Plagiarism is passing off someone else s words, work, writing, thoughts, visuals, graphics, music and ideas as your own. Someone else could be an author, artist, musician, teacher, classmate or random internet blogger who you don t know. Ideas could be picked up through a classroom discussion, a chat with friends playing video games or just overhearing a conversation in the hallway. Plagiarism is a clear breach of academic honesty. In many cases, it is also a criminal offence. What is paraphrasing? Paraphrasing is writing a piece of text out in your own words. You are allowed to do this, but you must acknowledge the source you have used. Collusion: Supporting academic dishonesty by another student allowing one s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another student Collusion and Collaboration: Collaboration involves working together with other students. There are occasions where collaboration with other candidates is permitted or actively encouraged. Nevertheless, the final work must be produced independently, despite the fact that it may be based on similar data. This means that the abstract, introduction, content, conclusion or summary of a piece of work (ie. Report, essay, presentation, project) must be written in each student s own words and cannot therefore be the same as another student s. Working together is collaboration, but copying someone else s work is collusion. Even if you have collaborated with another student, the work you present must be your own. Collusion is considered academic misconduct and will carry consequences. Other: Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects the performance of another student. Causing a disturbance in a class or exam Copying the work/answers of another student Unauthorized use of notes, electronic device (phone, watch, IPad, etc) or other materials during an exam Making up data for an assignment Including offensive material in an exam Stealing examination papers Disclosing or discussing the content of an examination with other students who have not yet completed the exam Using an unauthorized calculator during an examination Concealing and/or using unauthorized software on a graphic calculator ACKNOWLEDGING SOURCES How can I make sure that I am not plagiarizing material? The simplest method of avoiding plagiarism is to honestly, accurately and clearly acknowledge, by references in the body of your work, and/or in a works cited at the end, each and every piece of material you used in the production of your work. All ideas, words and work of other persons, regardless of their source, must be acknowledged CDs, videos, messages, web sites and any other electronic media must all be treated in the same way as books and journals The sources of all photographs, maps, illustrations, computer programs, data, graphs, audio-visual and similar material must be acknowledged Passages that are quoted verbatim must be enclosed within quotation marks and references provided All works of art, film, dance, music, theatre arts or visual arts must have their source/origin acknowledged When possible use Turnitin to check your work (how to use Turnitin is on the DCC LMC Writing web page) Material cannot be paraphrased without acknowledging the source THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH STUDENT Students are responsible for the following: 4

5 You are responsible for ensuring that all work submitted for assessment is authentically yours You are responsible for fully and correctly acknowledging the ideas, words or work of others You are expected to review your own work before turning it in for a grade to identify any passages, computer program, data, photographs and other material which require acknowledgement. It is the student s responsibility, if academic dishonesty is suspected, to prove that all pieces of work are his/her own, and has not been plagiarized. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH TEACHER Teachers are responsible for the following: Ensuring that students are clear of expectations and continue to provide guidance, instruction, and reflection to reinforce academic honesty, especially for MYP Years 1-3. Offering continued task clarification and ensuring student understanding of requirements Providing students with instruction, convention and examples for acknowledging a variety of sources appropriate to for their subject, to include writing and data collection techniques, and consideration of bias in reference material. Providing instruction in the Approaches to Learning skills of information literacy, problem-solving and selfmanagement. Developing assessment tasks that are differentiated and promote individual inquiry and creativity Epitomizing good academic practice and act as role models for students by also acknowledging their sources appropriately within their own work and lessons. To be vigilant for obvious changes in a student s style of writing, for work which is too mature, too error-free or more characteristic of an experienced academic than a secondary school student MONITORING AND CONSEQUENCES Teachers and students are encouraged to reflect on the work they are completing, presenting and/or assessing. This self-reflective approach, coupled with school values of personal and academic integrity, should, we believe, result in an environment where the monitoring of academic honesty is consistent, student-led and non-invasive. Consequences for Academic Dishonesty Consequences may be imposed by the school for incidences of academic misconduct relating to homework, classwork, projects and exams. Consideration will be given to past offences, instruction received, and student understanding of the infraction. This will be documented and shared with parents, staff, and administration. Consequences will be based upon administrator and teacher decision referring to district policy and IB expectations and may include: The student consequence is determined by the teacher and could include receiving a zero on the assignment and/or having to re-do the work. The teacher records the event in IC (Infinite Campus). An administrator will speak with the student and notify parents. The student will be reminded of the DCC academic honesty policy. Repeated violations will result in more severe consequences. WORKS CONSULTED/CITED: Diploma Programme: Academic Honesty. Publication. United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization, Academic Honesty in Diploma Programme Arts. Publication. United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization, Academic Honesty in the IB. Web video. International Baccalaureate Organization, Carroll, Jude. Academic Honesty in the IB: Position Paper, IBO 2012 General Regulations: Diploma Programme. Publication. United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization, Academic Honesty Policy: The IB Diploma Programme. Policy. Copenhagen: Copenhagen International School, Academic Honesty Policy: The IB Diploma Programme. Policy. Beijing: Beijing City International School,

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